Passenger rail breeds development—it is that simple. Wherever rail stations are located, development soon follows. Train stations have long been hubs of activity, and there is no reason to think that pattern would not continue in New Hampshire once stations are finalized. Rail-related development could lead to a renewed emphasis on residential and mixed-use developments. Along with creating construction jobs, passenger rail provides the opportunity to promote smart development to mitigate sprawl and to help accommodate residents seeking additional lifestyle choices.
This type of development could serve as the impetus for further revitalizing and invigorating New Hampshire downtowns. Manchester, Nashua and Concord have all sought to further enliven their downtowns. To do that, they need more people living and occupying space downtown, not just during the workday. According to Americans for Energy Leadership, effective rail networks experience less sprawl than many other U.S. cities. Centrally located stations would draw travelers to those areas with the “centralizing effects” of rail potentially generating more and more economic activity in those areas.